It has been way too long since my last post. Sorry folks! But these numbers -- many just published by Factcheck.org -- are well worth passing on to everyone:
§ All job losses during the great recession have been erased.
§ In June the economy added 200,000+ jobs for the fifth month in a row -- 288,000 in June alone. The five month streak is the longest since the late 1990s.
§ The Unemployment rate is now at 6.1% -- you may remember that the unemployment rate was at 10.1% at the height of the great recession.
§ Corporate profits and stock prices continue to set record highs.
§ The number of food-stamp recipients has retreated from the record high of 2012; fewer beneficiaries have been added under Obama than were added under George W. Bush.
§ Under Obama, federal spending has risen more slowly than the rate of inflation.
§ Auto sales -- a consistently bright spot in the recovery -- heated up even more in June. They clocked in at 17 million at an annualized rate for the best month in eight years.
§ Gallup polling found that 45 percent of Americans were working full-time in June, one of the highest rates since the polling company began tracking the figure.
§ The government data released Thursday mirrored those results, with the employment-to-population ratio rising to 59 percent, the highest level since 2009.